SLS Georgia

SLS Georgia

Contest Ends March 7, 2019 at Midnight PST

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi — in the heart of Georgia — is a strikingly beautiful, hospitable city steeped in history and culture — both ancient and modern. Situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, this amazing city and unrepeatable country have an inestimable amount of inspiration to offer writers.

Dates: July 14–28, 2019

Cost: $1950 USD

Submit to Contest, in poetry or prose, for the chance at fellowships, discounts, and financial awards

Apply to the Program, in poetry or prose, to be considered for admission

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Contest Deadline Extended!

Due to numerous requests,
the contest deadline
has been extended until
March 7, 2019!

SLS Georgia has FIVE contests
with a top prize that includes airfare, accommodations, tuition, and publication!

Apply to the SLS Georgia Program

with a writing sample
(prose: < 25 double-spaced pages;
poetry: 10-15 pages; ) and a
US $150 (non-refundable)
deposit application fee.

A limited number of
need-based fellowships are available.

SLS Georgia Program Details

After the remarkable success of our flagship program in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2017 and 2018, we will be returning in an expanded format in 2019, from July 14–28. It is a unique place.

The immensely rich literary tradition and culture of Georgia have inspired countless international poets and writers, including Alexandre Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, and Marina Tsvetaeva.

Room in Writers' House, Tbilisi, Georgia

Continuing a long-established SLS tradition our 2019 Georgia program will seek to foster cultural exchange, lifelong friendships, and artistic collaborations. Participants will work closely with Georgian international writers and artists. Our home base in Tbilisi, once again, will be the Writers’ House of Georgia — a magnificent breathtaking Art Nouveau mansion and vital cultural centre.

Read Information for Participants

2019 SLS Georgia Program Features:

  • intensive workshops led by SLS instructors
  • one-on-one consultations with writers and editors-in-residence
  • talks about local literary culture, history and arts from leading Georgia experts in the field
  • readings by our faculty, participants, program guests and leading Georgian writers
  • visits to city’s and country’s cultural centers
  • winemaking tours
  • day trips, e.g. the caucus to various locations outside Tbilisi: the Caucasus Mountains, ancient mountaintop Kazbegi monastery in Stepantsminda, the cave city of Uplistsikhe, and others.

Meet the SLS Georgia Faculty

For the intensive, wide-ranging workshops and seminars, talks and lecture series, our faculty—with impressive bios—includes such luminaries as:

  • Ru Freeman, Steven Heighton, Philip Lopate, Geoffrey Nutter, Dawn, Raffel, Ariana Reines, Stuart Ross, plus
  • Polina Barskova, Elaine Chukan Brown, Tara Isabella Burton, Kevin Sessums, Alexander Skidan, plus
  • Davit A. Gabunia, Shota Iatashavili, Sergey Gandlevesky, Linor Goralik, Zurab Karumidze, and more to be announced

One of the Best Places to Visit

In 2017, Vogue magazine named Tbilisi, Georgia one of the best places to travel to and this city was called the “Lisbon of 2018” by CNN. Tbilisi, Georgia has emerged as a premier destination for arts, culture, and gastronomy in the past few years.

Georgia boasts unspoiled natural beauty, from the beaches of the Black Sea to the heights of the Caucasus Mountains. Infinitely multi-faceted, it is the mythological land of Jason and the Golden Fleece, the world’s first cultivated vineyards and winemaking, and the whimsical art of Niko Pirosmani. It is nearly impossible to capture its beauty and the sheer scope of its history and culture in just a few sentences.

Write with Summer Literary Seminars in Tbilisi, Georgia and see for yourself why we never stop dreaming of Georgia.